Keeping your family safe is sometimes as easy as having the right safety equipment in the house ready to use in an emergency. Whether it is a fire, flood or power outrage, everyone in your home should be aware of the equipment’s location and how to use it. Some of the fire safety equipment you should have includes:
- Smoke Detectors
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Escape Ladder
Smoke detectors are designed to alert people of the presence of smoke or fire so they have time to escape to safety. Along with detecting excessive smoke, detectors can also sense combustible gases, smoldering and flaming fires. They should be installed on every floor of the house and outside of every bedroom so they can alert everyone to trouble in the event of a fire.
Having portable fire extinguishers in the house can help put out small fires before they can grow and put lives in danger. Homeowners should consider having more than one extinguisher in the house to make them easier to get to in an emergency. It’s important to be trained in how to properly use one so if necessary, you can put out a small fire.
Fire Escape Ladders
If your home is two stories or higher, you need to have fire ladders so everyone can get out of the house or apartment safely. Put them in every bedroom and make sure everyone knows how to use them in case of a fire and they are unable to escape through the house. Some of them can hold up to 1,000 pounds so parents can assist their children on the ladder.
Make sure all safety equipment is ready for use when needed and have a designated meeting area outside, away from the house or building so everyone is accounted for in an emergency.